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HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

The Rochester School Board includes three different options for high school graduation. The following the options are:

        Spaulding High School Diploma, with honors distinction

        Spaulding High School Diploma

        Spaulding High School modified Diploma

        Bud Carlson Academy Diploma

        Rochester Adult Basic Education

 

Spaulding High School Diploma

Subject

Credit

English

4 Credits

Math

3 Credits

Social Studies

1 Credit US and NH History

Social Studies

Civics

Global Studies

Economics

credit

Physical Science

1 Credit

Biology

1 Credit

Other Science

1 Credit

Arts Education

credit

Physical Education

1 Credit

Health Education

Credit

Information and Technology

Credit or demonstrated competency

Electives

11

Total

26

 

Honors Diploma requires a minimum of 75% of the credits completed at the CP level or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The normal program of instruction for seniors may be modified to make adequate preparations for graduation exercises.

 

Spaulding High School Modified Diploma is granted to skill-level students, foreign exchange students and home education students who meet the criteria for successful completion of their respective requirements for graduation. The diploma will state that it is modified.

Subject

Credit

English Skills

4 Credits

Math Skills

3 Credits

Reading Skills

4 Credits

Social Studies Skills

1 Credit

Science Skills

1 Credit

Health and Safety Skills

Credit

Electives

6 Credit

Total

20 Credits

Each skills level student in line for a Modified Diploma will have an IEP meeting set up by the Special Education Department to acknowledge diploma eligibility as it meets the needs of each student. This meeting will give the parent, student and involved personnel the opportunity to make the necessary changes to a standard diploma program if appropriate.

The Bud Carlson Academy Diploma includes the following requirements:

Subject

Credit

English Language Arts

4 Credits

Mathematics

3 Credits, Including Algebra I

Social Studies

2.5 Credits (US History, Economics, Civics, Global Studies)

Science

2 Credit

Computer Education

.5 Credit

Arts Education

.5 Credit

Physical Education

1 Credit

Health Education

.5 Credit

Electives

6 Credit

Total

20 Credits

 

The Adult Basic Education Diploma includes the following requirements:

 

Subject

Credit

English

4 Credits

Mathematics

2 Credits

Social Studies

3 Credits (required: US History 1 credit; Economics credit; Civics credit)

Science

2 Credits

Computer Literacy

Credit

Health Education

Credit

Electives

8 Credits (minimum)

Total

20 Credits

 

The Board may approve other academic requirements for graduation.

Awarding of Credit A unit of credit or fraction thereof shall be given upon satisfactory completion of a course or learning experience in compliance with the district-specified curriculum and assessment standards. In some cases, course credit may also be awarded based on demonstrated mastery of the required competencies for the course. Assessment of mastery will be the responsibility of the building principal, and will be in accordance with Policy ILBAA, Competency Assessments. Credit will be awarded only once for a specific required course with the same content during the secondary school experience.


Alternative Credit Options In some cases, credit may be earned through alternative methods outside of regular classroom-based instruction offered by the district schools. Awarding of credits to be applied toward high school graduation will be determined by the high school principal, and will be granted according to the provisions of Policy IMBC, Alternative Credit Options.

The maximum number of credits a student may earn in one year is 10 credits at Spaulding High School and the Bud Carlson Academy. A student has a right to appeal this requirement to the Instruction Committee and the Board.

 

The normal program of instruction for seniors may be modified to make adequate preparations for graduation exercises.

 

a. It is expected that graduation preparations will not dominate the operation of the school during the last few days of the school year.

 

b. If local conditions necessitate the holding of graduation exercises prior to the completion of the standard school year, in no case shall graduation be scheduled prior to the 175th day of instruction. No school day shall be modified for preparation activities prior to the 175th day.

 

c. It is understood that modifications in the schedule for the last few days of school shall apply only to seniors. All other classes shall complete 180 days of instruction and maintain their normal class schedules.

 

Adoption Date: April 8, 1993

Amended: July 13, 2006

Amended: July 10, 2008

Policy Committee Review: November 19, 2009